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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

Cabot SPR appeal: A welcome outcome for unsecured lenders in Scotland

Walker Morris partner Rob Aberdein explains an appeal allowed by the Sheriff Appeal Court which clarifies that the “interventionist and problem-solving approach” required of sheriffs under the new Simple Procedure Rules Simple Procedure Rules (SPR) for low value claims does not extend to undefended claims.  The appeal concerned a number of test cases and will […]

Industry responds to SME access to the FOS

The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

Cyber security, separation and self-protection online

Social media has many benefits, enabling us to keep in touch with old and new friends alike, sharing special moments with ‘followers’, organising events or tracking exercise progress. However, there is a dark side to the web.  Every click, post or search adds to your very own digital footprint, this leaves everyone vulnerable to exploitation. […]

Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the Law on the Amendment and Completion of the Accounting Law No. 82/1991, Amendment and Completion of the Companies Law No. 31/1990 and Amendment and Completion of Law No. 1/2005, on the organisation and functioning of cooperative companies. Before entering into force, the law will have to be promulgated by […]

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Lovells’ Frankfurt focus causes unrest in Berlin

Lovells’ decision to focus its German banking practice on the Frankfurt office has caused a five-person team from Berlin to quit. Restructuring and leveraged finance specialist Thomas Lindemann and acquisition finance partner Andreas Schwennicke are setting up their own firm with three associates. It is due to open in the autumn. Lovells managing partner David […]

DLA Piper finalises Aussie alliance

Longtime collaborators DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Phillips Fox are set to formalise their relationship. DLA Piper is in advanced talks with the Australian firm to form an alliance. The two firms already refer work to each other. DLA Piper joint chief executive Nigel Knowles told The Lawyer: “Phillips Foxhas been known to us […]

Zend in the clowns

What the…? Does anybody out there know what Howes Percival is on?The 33-partner firm crashed into The Lawyer’s top 100 last year with an £18.8m turnover. Maybe the fame’s gone to its head, but the firm now appears to be claiming it possesses the necessary zen-like skills to ease its clients’ worries and put them […]

Freshfields shuffles real estate team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed London partner Chris Morris as global real estate practice head, with Friedrich Heilmann to act as his deputy. Morris takes over from Johannes Conradi and Geoff Le Pard who have jointly led the real estate group since August 2000 and will now return to full time client work. The real […]

Exchange sees income rise despite tough year

North West set Exchange Chambers has overcome a tough year to post a slight turnover rise of just more than 1 per cent to £14.3m. The set’s income rose from 2005’s £14.1m as it battled increased pressure on the criminal bar and publicly funded work. Exchange’s members practise criminal and common law. During the course […]

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